HOUSTON — Shell Oil Products U.S. on Monday announced a test of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Diesel, extending the company’s exclusive “nitrogen enriched” advanced cleaning system to diesel.
The fuel has been proven to reduce fuel consumption in an extensive test of heavy-duty vehicles and will be available on a trial basis starting Jan. 31.
It will be offered to both commercial and retail customers at select points of sale in the Nashville, Tenn., Baltimore, and Richmond, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va. Areas, the company said. Shell Nitrogen Enriched Diesel will only be available to commercial customers in the Atlanta area.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ADVERTISEMENT _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Shell Nitrogen Enriched Diesel is an ultra low sulfur diesel fuel (ULSD) with an exclusive advanced cleaning system that helps protect diesel engines against performance robbing gunk build-up on fuel injectors with continual use, according to Jim Macias, a senior fuels technology manager at Shell.
Gunk build-up can impair optimal fuel flow and can result in increased fuel consumption and associated CO2 emissions, he said.
“Shell Nitrogen Enriched Diesel also helps protect investments in both heavy duty commercial and personal light duty vehicles — cars and pickup trucks — alike by guarding against corrosion,” Macias said. “Like the Shell-branded ULSD in the market today, Shell Nitrogen Enriched Diesel contains lubricity agents to help prevent fuel pump and injector wear and damage. Anti-gel agents for colder winter climates will also be available where needed.”
Additionally, extensive heavy-duty truck fleet trials of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Diesel demonstrated a 4.8 percent reduction in fuel consumption in more severe stop-and-go city service and a 1.3 percent reduction in fuel consumption in less severe long-haul highway service as compared to regular ULSD, the company said in a news release.
“We are very excited about this latest opportunity to test an advanced ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. It is well-suited for the evolving cleaner-burning diesel fuel market demand because Shell Nitrogen Enriched Diesel is designed for use in both traditional as well as new ultra-clean diesel engines with advanced emission controls,” Macias said, adding that the “nitrogen enriched? advanced cleaning system is also fully compatible with biodiesel blends, which positions Shell to supply a high-quality product to help fill the growing demand for renewable fuels.
Motorists will soon notice signage and point-of-purchase materials at stations participating in the Shell Nitrogen Enriched Diesel test.
Additionally, Shell Customer Care is available at (888) 467-4355 to provide motorists with a list of participating sites.
Commercial customers in these areas that are not currently participating may contact the Shell Business Solutions Center at (866) 447-4355.
The Trucker staff can be reached to comment on this article at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find more news and analysis from The Trucker, and share your thoughts, on Facebook.